Family Resources: Help for Family Members of Drug Addicts

Addiction Affects the Whole Family

Here at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Philadelphia we recognize that addiction is a family disease. Not only is the individual who is using drugs or alcohol affected, but loved ones of addicts are as well. While your loved one can get the help they need with a formal PHP addiction treatment program, what about their loved ones? Too often treatment centers neglect to find help for family members of drug addicts, but families often need to heal and grow together with each person in the unit developing a sense of wellness and rebuilding healthy relationships. Luckily, no one has to go through this process alone. There are many resources available that offer help for families of addicts as well as support as an addict/alcoholic recovers.

Resources and Meetings for Families of Drug Addicts

If your family is struggling with a family member’s substance abuse disorder, you are not alone. The following resources and support groups for loved ones of addicts are available in the Philadelphia area:

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon

Al-Anon and Nar-anon are support groups that seek to help friends and family of those with drinking or drug problems.

The groups enable those with similar experiences to come together for the purpose of sharing strength and hope with each other, so that they too may recover from the havoc often wreaked by the addicted lifestyle. For family members that may be too young for the traditional Al-Anon style group, Alateen is a similarly structured program that is age-appropriate.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)

Loved ones of addicted individuals often find they have become co-dependent on either each other or on the person who is using.

Co-dependency is defined as “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on another person, typically one who requires support due to an illness or addiction.” The primary goal of CoDA is to help those that are struggling to develop healthy relationships through the process of self-discovery and boundary setting.

Family Resource List

The Family Resource List is a collection of our favorite resources that we hope will help you find some support and answers along the way of your loved one’s recovery. These resources can be instrumental in growing insight into the family’s perspective, role, and journey through the disease of addiction. It can also help you understand, identify, and work towards a common goal with your loved one during and after treatment.

Support Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Caron Parent & Family Support Groups

Mental Health - NAMI Family Support Groups

Co-Dependents Anonymous

Families Anonymous

Learn 2 Cope (MA & FL)

SMART Recovery Family & Friends Online

Celebrate Recovery (Christian – based)

Because I Love You

Illinois Only Group Meetings

Hearts of Hope

PATH (Positive Acceptance Towards Healing)

NY Only Group Meetings - Rockland and Westchester Counties

Parents Helping Parents

Recommended Books / Materials

Al-Anon Approved Literature

Staying Sober by Terence Gorski

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Nar-Anon SESH by Nar-Anon Family Groups

One Day at a Time in Al-Anon by Al-Anon Family Groups

Many Voices, One Journey by Al-Anon Family Groups

Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships by Al-Anon Family Groups

Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery by Robin Barnett, Ed.D, LCSW

Addict in the Family: Stories of Love, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers

Everything Changes: Hope for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

SMART Recovery Family & Friends Handbook

On the Other Side of Chaos: Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One by Ellen Van

So You’re in Love with an Addict by Heather O’Hara

The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller

When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and the Problems That Tear Families Apart by Joel L. Young, MD

When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Rebecca Woolis, MFT

Faith-Based Books / Materials

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind Field by Anthony Acampora, Director of Banyan’s Faith in Recovery Program

Christian Families in Recovery: A Guide for Addiction, Recovery, and Intervention Using God’s Tools of Redemption by Robert and Stephanie Tucker

Lost and Found: Recovery in Christ by Bruce Stanley

Addiction Memoirs

Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir by Brandon Novak

The Brandon Novak Chronicles by Joe Frantz and Brandon Novak

Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top by Darren Prince, Kristen McGuiness, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Mental Health Focus DVDs

No Kidding, Me 2! with Joe Pantoliano

This Emotional Life

Other Resources

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Vivitrol/Let’s Change the Conversation

Delaware – Attack Addiction

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